Keele University football team kicks off national higher education sport partnership


by Rebecca Rawle
Marie Curie Corporate Account Manager

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) has chosen Marie Curie as its charity partner for July 2014 to 2016. And as the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK, BUCS is challenging students to fund a ‘rugby team of Marie Curie Nurses’ in the first year of the partnership. This means Marie Curie will be able to fund 15 nurses, at least one in each BUCS region.

First to rise to the challenge was the Keele University football team, by conquering a bike journey that saw them cover over 175 miles in just one day. In order to beat the inevitable London traffic, the mammoth task kicked off at 4.15am on 22 June from outside Buckingham Palace. From there the team completed relayed sections of the 175-mile route, with at least two riders on the road at all time. The finale saw an extremely tired, but triumphant, team cross the finishing line at Keele University in an astonishing 12 hours 2 minutes – not a bad pre-season workout!

So far this challenge has raised more than £1,300 for Marie Curie and the team hopes to reach £1,500 by next week. The riders would like to thank everyone involved in supporting the event and those that have generously donated to this fantastic cause.

Help Keele University football team reach their target.

Are you interested in raising money for Marie Curie by taking on your own BUCS challenge? For more details contact Rebecca Rawle, Marie Curie Corporate Account Manager, at: